Right now as I type this, the UK is in the middle of a freak heat wave. However – being British – I don’t expect it to last. The true autumn and winter weather is just around the corner, and it will soon be time to break out the necessary knitwear and heavy outerwear in order to combat the wind and cold. Knitwear is a true menswear essential; the cardigan, crew neck and v-neck jumper all hold pride of place within the man’s wardrobe as they are versatile and perfect for layering in casual or formal looks. Assuming you all have the basics down (see part 6 and part 7) and your neutral knitwear collection is in good order, today we are going to concentrate on a new piece that is fast becoming an essential within your style arsenal.
The cable knit has made waves the past couple of autumn/winter seasons, and this year the choice is better than ever. For those of you who don’t know what a cable knit is, dicitonary.com defines it as (adj):
…of a garment, knitted with a cable stitch, which creates the effect of twisted rope.
The first known use of cable-knit technique is stated as 1950, and in layman’s terms, a cable knit jumper will have ‘rope like’ knitted patterns running through part or all of the jumper.
As mentioned above, once you have invested in your basic knitwear, you are going to want to take it to the next level in order to give you more options when it comes to creating outfits and separating you from the crowd. There are many ways to do this; pattern, colour, material, texture and detailing being the key points to consider.
Many of you will have already invested in patterned cardigans in prints such as Fair Isle, Nordic or even Navajo, whilst menswear has placed major emphasis on colour this year as well. However, for the guy who prefers a subtle, classic and refined style, detailing and texture are the go-to options for adding personality or character to your looks.
The cable knit jumper gives you both. The cable knit technique produces interesting detailing in the form of a rope pattern, whilst also giving the jumper texture; the rope detailing giving depth and an almost 3-D effect on your knit. It means that solid neutral colours such as your beige tones, greys and browns all look superb – allowing them to be worn simply on their own to great effect. Fuss-free fashion at its finest.
So how should you wear this classic item? As mentioned above, the cable knit is perfect for wearing on its own; don’t dress it up or get too fussy with it. Put your personal stamp on the look through accessories, colour combinations and other personal touches:
Some tips on getting the most from your cable knit jumper:
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